31 Facts About Greg Rusedski


Gregory Rusedski was born on 6 September 1973 and is a British and Canadian former tennis player.


Greg Rusedski was the British No 1 in 1997,1999 and 2006, and reached the ATP ranking of world No 4 for periods from 6 October 1997 to 12 October 1997 and from 25 May 1998 to 21 June 1998.


Greg Rusedski was a very promising junior player in Canada in the 1980s and subsequently caused some anger in Canada when he decided to adopt British citizenship and play for Great Britain in 1995.


Greg Rusedski has been with his wife Lucy Connor since 1991, they met while he was competing in a junior tournament where she was a ball girl.


Greg Rusedski opted to compete for the United Kingdom rather than Canada from 22 May 1995 onwards, a decision which was received poorly by Canadian fans; it was reported that he was given a "traitor's reception" by the crowd when he competed in his first Canadian Open after the switch.


Greg Rusedski reached the singles final of the US Open in 1997, where he lost to Pat Rafter in four sets.


Greg Rusedski won the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award and the ITV Sports Champion of the Year Award.

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At Wimbledon in 2003, Greg Rusedski was playing in a second-round match against Andy Roddick.


Greg Rusedski, believing the point should have been replayed, launched into a long and expletive-riddled tirade at the umpire and, never regaining his composure, went on to lose the next five games without reply to concede the match.


Greg Rusedski apologized after the match, and Roddick reached the semifinals.


Greg Rusedski tested positive for nandrolone in January 2004, but was cleared of the charges in a hearing on 10 March 2004.


Greg Rusedski was defeated in the second round of Wimbledon in 2005 by Joachim Johansson of Sweden.


Greg Rusedski then reached the semifinals at both the RCA Championships in Indianapolis, losing to Taylor Dent, and the Canada Masters tournament in Montreal, losing to Andre Agassi.


Towards the end of 2005, Greg Rusedski's ranking had risen to the high thirties.


Greg Rusedski finally reclaimed the UK number-one spot on 15 May 2006, overtaking Andy Murray by getting to the third round of the Rome Masters.


Greg Rusedski lost the top UK ranking again after a first-round exit at Wimbledon.


Greg Rusedski announced his retirement immediately after the win during a live interview with Sue Barker on BBC Television.


Greg Rusedski has stayed involved with professional tennis in his retirement, and currently works for the Lawn Tennis Association as a talent and performance ambassador.


Greg Rusedski held the record for fastest serve at 149 miles per hour until Andy Roddick broke it.


On 24 January 2009, Greg Rusedski confirmed he had been seeking a return to professional tennis.


However, Davis Cup captain John Lloyd turned down his offer to compete in the Davis Cup, and Greg Rusedski was unable to obtain any wild-card tournament entries.


Greg Rusedski was often overshadowed in the British press by Henman, especially at Wimbledon.


Greg Rusedski won 15 singles titles compared to Henman's eleven, and reached the final of the US Open in 1997, whereas Henman never made it past the semifinals of a Grand Slam tournament.


However, Henman reached six Grand Slam semifinals and an additional four quarterfinals, whereas Greg Rusedski reached two Grand Slam quarterfinals in total: at the US Open where he reached the final, and at Wimbledon the same year.


Henman reached the semifinals of the French Open, while Greg Rusedski never made it past the fourth round at that tournament.

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In Great Britain's two key Davis Cup ties in the World Group knockout stage, Greg Rusedski lost all four singles rubbers, despite home advantage.


Greg Rusedski has an active media career, having written columns for The Sun, The Daily Mirror and The Daily Telegraph.


Greg Rusedski provided commentary and analysis for Sky Sports for their coverage of the US Open and ATP World Tour Events, and for the BBC's coverage of Wimbledon.


Greg Rusedski has done some acting, appearing in an episode of Agatha Christie's Marple as a tennis player.


Greg Rusedski has appeared in "Dictionary Corner" on the Channel 4 game show Countdown.


Greg Rusedski was granted British citizenship in May 1995, and competed for Great Britain from 22 May 1995 onwards.